CASTELO EYES MEGA LOTTO WINNERS AS GOV’T PARTNERS IN SOLVING EDUCATION, HOUSING WOES


 

QUEZON City Rep. Winston ‘Winnie’ Castelo has found an innovative way to fund pro-poor government projects without raising new taxes.

 

Castelo recently filed House Bill 4774, a measure that will mandate every winner of grand mega lotto to contribute 20 percent of the pot to the education and housing programs of the government.

 

Of the 20 percent, 10 goes to housing while the other 10 goes to education, Castelo explained.

 

Castelo said the bill is only for the high lotto prize winners. The small prizes are not affected by the bill, he added.

 

“Before one gets confused, I would like to clarify that the bill would affect only winners of the grand mega lotto. It does not cover winners of small lotto prizes,” Castelo said.

 

Considering the huge money that mega lotto winners get, Castelo believe the instant millioners would agree to allot a small share of their millions to projects that would benefit the poor, particularly housing and education.

 

Castelo pointed out that problems on education and housing remain unsolved in the country due to lack of funding.

 

But with his proposal, Castelo said grand mega lotto winners can be an instant partner of the government in fighting homelessness and promoting education in the country.

 

“A few hundred thousand pesos would be more than enough to build additional classrooms  or build some socialized housing units for our homeless countrymen,” Castelo said.

 

“There is no better way of giving thanks for a huge blessing than engaging in a humanitarian endeavor such as helping the poor,” Castelo added. 30

 

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BABALA NG PAGASA, KALIGTASAN NG MADLA, 24/7 NAGLILINGKOD


SA ginanap na talakayan ng Communication and News Exchange sa Philippine Information Agency ngayong Hunyo 29, 2011 ay nag-ulat ang Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) hinggil sa mga kasalukuyang ginagawa nila upang makapaghanda at mabigyang babala ang publiko sa posibleng kalamidad sa bansa dulot ng pag-ulan.

 

            Ayon kay Research and Development Undersecretary Graciano P. Yumul, Jr. na batay sa datos na kanilang nakalap sa mga nangyaring mga bagyo ilan sa mga ito tulad ng Tropical Depression Bebeng, Bagyong Chedeng, Tropical Depression Dodong at Tropical Depression Egay ay naranasan ang mas maraming pag-ulan ang naganap subalit higit na naranasan sa mga lalawigan ng Visayas at Mindanao.

 

            Karaniwan umanong dahilan ng pagkamatay ng mamamayan ay dulot ng pagguho ng lupa, pagkalunod at pagkakuryente. Dagdag pa nina Usec Yumul at PAGASA Administrator Nathaniel T. Servando na mararanasan sa bansa ang matinding pag-ulan kahit sa panahon ng tag-araw gayundin ang matinding init.

 

            Binanggit ni Servando na upang lubos na mabantayan ang pag-ulan ay kinakailangang magkaroon ng labing tatlong (13) Doppler Radars sa bansa. Ang mga lugar ng Aparri, Baguio, Subic, Baler, Tagaytay, Panay, Palawan, Guiuan, Eastern Samar, Hinatuan, Zamboanga, Tampakan, at Virac ang may Weather Monitoring Equipment o pasilidad ang PAGASA. Sa paglalahad ng PAGASA sa CNEX ang Doppler Radar ay inaasahan nang magagamit sa lugar ng Tampakan, Hinatuan, Tagaytay, Mactan at Virac bago matapos ang taong 2011. 

           

Sa pakikipanayam kay PIO Venus Baldemoro, ang lugar ng Aparri, Guiuan, Eastern Samar at Virac ay inaasahan din na dadagdagan pa ng Doppler Radars ang kasalukuyan na nitong Automated Weather Station na pinondohan naman ng Japan International Coordinating Agency (JICA).

 

Samantala, ang Palawan, Cebu at Zamboanga ay isinasaayos na rin ang paglalagakan ng Doppler Radars. Sa kasalukuyan ay ginagamit na ang Doppler Radar sa Baguio, Palawan at Subic. Itinaas naman ang antas ng kagamitan (upgraded) pagkat ginawan din na magsisilbing tulad ng Doppler Radar ang lugar ng Baler at Baguio.

 

Ang mga lalawigan ng Laoag, Tanay, Legaspi, Puerto Princesa, Cebu at Davao ay kasalukuyan ngayong may Upper Air Stations ng DOST-PAGASA.

 

Pagdidiin ni Usec Yumul sa pagtatapos ng mga paglalahad ng mga kasalukuyang programa ng PAGASA na ang ating bansa o pamahalaan ay nakahanda sa mga kalamidad o bagyong darating dahil mga teknolohiyang ginagawa depende sa pangangailangan ng isang lalawigan o bayan. Bukod sa pagtugon sa mga makatwirang katanungan hinggil sa ulat ng panahon gayundin sa panahon ng tag-ulan at inaasahang pag-apaw ng tubig sa mga dam ay may anim na oras itong nagbibigay ng babala sa mga lugar na maapektuhan ng pagpapakawala ng tubig upang hindi masira ang dam.

 

Aniya ang DOST-PAGASA ay 24/7 na naglilingkod sa bayan hindi lamang dahil sa ito ay kanilang tungkulin kundi dahil ito ay kanilang bansa rin na kanilang ginagalawan. Cathy Cruz, PSciJourn Mega Manila

DAR Eastern Visayas vowed to distribute 91,093 hectares until 2014


Tacloban City, Leyte –Agrarian Reform regional director Eliasem Castillo vowed to distribute the remaining balance of 91,093 hectares to the farmer-beneficiaries in Eastern Visayas before the end of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program with extension reform (CARPer) in 2014.

Castillo divulged that out of the 490,240 hectares scope of agrarian reform in the region, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Eastern Visayas has already distributed 399,155 hectares of agricultural lands to the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) of region 8.

The director explained that among the undistributed lands, 84,000 hectares of which are truly workable and only 6,689 hectares are problematic in which he said his administration is exhausting all of its resources to distribute them to the landless and deserving farmers.

“Land distribution is our utmost priority until 2014 so that after that period we can concentrate on extending support services to our farmers,” Castillo said. He added that the CARPer does not just end in land distribution because agrarian reform is a continuing government program to eradicate poverty in the countryside.

Castillo said the CARPer laws goals include improving the lives of the farmers through tenure security, increased income, job security as well as to strengthen the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) and their organizations in terms of organizational, financial and enterprises capacities.

Furthermore, the DAR region 8’s recent P19-million road project in Daram Samar is reportedly making a huge impact in its communities, especially, the West Daram agrarian reform community (ARC). The ARC is a convergence zone or barangays for the delivery of support services such as infrastructure projects, livelihood and financing programs.

Daram Mayor Lucia Astorga said the 3.7-kilometer farm-to-market road, connecting the two barangays of Mayabay and San Roque, provided an easier access to the farmers to sell their products to bigger markets. “Our former rough and muddy road is now concrete that our farmers became more inspired to work more on their farms because they know that their farm produces would be sold not just in their own barangay but also to other areas too,” she added.

The road project is implemented under the Agrarian Refrom Community Project phase II (ARCP II), which is funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Eastern Visayas has 166 ARCs in 125 municipalities and 1,060 barangays. -30- Medel Mercado, PAS, DAR

KAUNA-UNAHANG PAGSASANIB PUWERSA NG MUSLIM AT KATOLIKO KONTRA RH


SA kauna-unahang pagkakataon nagsanib puwersa ang Muslim at Katoliko sa iisang layunin, ang karapatang mabuhay at pahalagahan ang buhay na may moralidad.

Sa naganap na press conference kamakailan (June 6, 2011) sa Club Filipino na dinaluhan nina Datu Nash Pangadapun, Secretary General ng Maradeka; Sr. Evelyn Coronel; Sheik Jamil Yahya; Provincial Secretary, Salesian Society of Don Bosco; Alim Ibrahim S. Ulama, President of Federation of Imams and Preachers of the Philippines; President PSBA Atty. Benjamin Paulino; Past President, Pro-Life Movement Sr. Pilar Verzosa, RGS; Alim Acmad Basher, President of Imam’s League of the Philippines; Ma. Linda O. Montayre, Convenor, Solidarity for Sovereignity; Antonio Abad Santos Valdes, Convenor S4S at Archbishop Oscar Cruz, FMR President, CBCP na may temang “The Imperatives on the Filipino and His conscience Vis-à-vis the threats Confronting Him Today From a Religious and Moral Perspective” ay tinalakay ang mga dahilan upang huwag pahintulutang maging batas ang Reproductive Health Bill na isinusulong ng mga grupong nagsusulong ng RH.

Mariing binanggit ni Linda Montayre na ang pagsusulong ng Reproductive Health Bill ay hindi naaayon sa batas ng tao at lalong hindi tama sa paningin ng Diyos dahil aniya ito ay kikitil sa buhay ng milyong di pa isinisilang na sanggol na nakatakdang maging mamamayan ng bansa sa darating na panahon.

Kaugnay dito ay matapang siyang nananawagan sa lahat ng sundalo sa Pilipinas na ipagtanggol ang buhay ng mga isisilang na sanggol at ang mga mamamayan sa bansa dahil ito ang unang-unang tungkulin ng mga kasundaluhan, ang ipagtanggol ang karapatan mabuhay ng bawat mamamayan.

Malungkot niyang inihayag na si Pangulong Noynoy Aquino sa halip na pangalagaan ang kanyang bayan at mamamayan ay nakipagkasundo pa sa mayayamang bansa kabilang ang Amerika at Europa na kontrolin ang pagdami ng tao kapalit ng halagang 483 Milyong Dolyar upang tiyakin na ang mga natural na yaman natin ay puwede nilang gamitin para sa kanilang kapakinabangan at hindi ng ating mamamayan sa bansa.

Matapang ding tinukoy ni Archbishop Oscar Cruz si Representative Edcel Lagman na dahil umano sa pagiging may akda at pangunahing nagsusulong ng RH Bill ay dapat na ituring na kriminal dahil sa sandaling maipasa umano ito o maisabatas ang ay tiyak na maraming papatayin o mamamatay na buhay sa loob pa lamang ng sinapupunan ng kani-kanilang mga ina. Dagdag pa nya na ito rin ang dahilan kung bakit bumababa ang moralidad ng mga Pilipino sa kasalukuyan dahil sa naturang Bill ay tinuturuan nito ang mga kabataan na pumasok sa maagang pag-aasawa o pakikipagtalik kahit walang matrimonya ng kasal.

Sinegundahan din ni Archbishop Cruz ang sinabi ni S4S Convenor Butch Valdes sa tinalakay ng huli tungkol sa tunay na layunin nang pagsusulong ng Reproductive Health Bill, ito ay bawasan o patayin ang mga tao sa buong mundo kabilang dito ang Pilipinas.

Ayon kay dating DepEd Undersecretary na ang prinsipyong “Depopulation” o pagkontrol/ pagbawas ng populasyon ay ginagawa sa maraming kaparaanan buhat noon pang ika-17 siglo. Giyera, sakit, pagtaas ng bilihin at lahat ng pangunahing pangangailangan ng tao tulad ng tubig at kuryente ay ilan lamang sa paraan upang mapagtagumpayan ng mga imperyalista ang pagbabawas ng tao sa buong mundo kasama na dito ang pagsasabatas ng pagbabawas o pagkokontrol sa pagdami ng tao tulad ng nangyari sa bansang Tsina. Cathy Cruz, PSciJournMega Manila

TechnoMart and Pasalubong Center launched


 

Science and Technology (S&T)- based products produced by member-agencies of the Visayas Consortium for Agriculture and Resources Program (ViCARP) are now more prominently displayed at the TechnoMart and Pasalubong Counter (TMPC) at the Visayas State University (VSU) in Baybay, Leyte.

 

TMPC now serves the dual purpose of being a marketing center and Regional One-Stop-Information Shop (OSIS) after its formal launching on March 17, 2011 through the efforts of ViCARP and the Regional Research Development and Extension Network.

 

            Rootcrops, jackfruits, abaca, and coconut, among other products, are displayed in the TMPC. Each of these products is provided with information education and communication materials.

 

            The establishment of TMPC which inauguration on March 17 coincided with the birthday of PCARRD Executive Director Patricio S. Faylon was dedicated to him for his commitment on the promotion and commercialization of S&T products through various programs. Most notable of these programs are the Techno Gabay Program and TechnoMart, according to ViCARP-Regional Research and Development Coordinating Committee Chair Jose I. Bacusmo.

 

Among those present during the occasion were Dr. Edwin C. Villar, director of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD)-Livestock Research Division; Baybay Mayor Carmen L. Cari; and ViCARP and VSU staff members.

 

The TechnoMart Program realizes its advocacy on the marketing of S&T-based products through the investment portfolio from each of the participating member-agencies.

 

Bacusmo said that TMPC is the first of the three buildings envisioned for the Technology Business Incubator (TBI) project. He also announced that Alyansa ng mga Grupong Haligi ng Agham at Teknolohiya para sa Mamamayan (AGHAM) Rep. Angelo B. Palmones has already committed to donate the second building.

 

Mayor Cari and Senator Edgardo Angara are among the donors in the construction of the  TMPC Building. Estrella Z. Gallardo, PSciJourn MegaManila

Industrial Tree Plantation Action Program Kicks Off


 

The Industrial Tree Plantation (ITP) Action Program on the Establishment of Commercial Plantations and the Efficient Utilization of Wood Products in the Caraga Region may soon ease the age-old clash between sustainability of wood supply and economic growth according to the report made by Dr. Lily Ann D. Lando of PCARRD.

 

            This program that is funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD), in the amount of 34.5 million, targets to improve the productivity of tree plantations through appropriate technologies.

 

            It also aims to establish plantation-based family/community enterprises and improve the policy and institutional infrastructure for plantation development, competitiveness of Philippine wood products and the economic structure of small hold farmers.

 

            To meet the objectives, the program is divided into three subprograms namely: production of high quality planting materials, establishment of small hold processing and enterprises development for ITP, and harvesting biometric socio-economic and policy studies of ITP-based industry.

 

            Regional  technical director (RTD) Virgilio C. dela Cruz of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Caraga and National leader stressed that the program is very important to Caraga, because Caraga supplies 52% of the country’s logs which 86% comes from planted trees.

 

            Dela Cruz said that log production from natural and planted areas have been steadily declining since 2011. He also said that to supply the yearly demand for Caraga, they need 38,056 hectares of productive plantation per year that yield 200 cubic meters per hectare.

 

            If the demand for the whole Mindanao Regions   IX to XIII is considered along with the same yield (the 200 cubic meters per hectare) the plantation area must be increased to 12,939 hectares per year, he added.

 

            Despite the demand and the more than 441,000 hectares available as  potential areas for ITP, small farmers, people’s organization and other investors are still reluctant to go into ITP enterprise, because of low financial returns.

 

            However, DENR says that the low adoption rate of ITP is the lack of knowledge on technology or lack of skills to use the available technologies.

 

            Other agency partners in the program aside from the DENR – Caraga include the forest Products Research and Development Institute, and the University of the Philippines, Los Banos – College of Forestry and Natural Resources (UPLB-CFNR).

 

            To ensure smooth implementation of the program, program implementers were assigned to lead each subprogram, who recently converged at the PCARRD headquarters to level off in the plans, activities, expected outputs, budgets, and respective terms of reference.

 

            To monitor the program is the Council’s Forestry and Environment Research Division headed by acting director Dr. Leila C. America. Also involved in ensuring the success of the program is Dr. Florentino O. Tesoro, chair of the Forestry Cluster and also one of the senior advisers of the program.

 

            DENR-Caraga is a member of the Caraga Consortium for Agriculture and Resources Research and Development (C-CARRD). ITP Program has a total of 11 project components, three are ongoing, four for funding and four slated to start and end on March 2014. Estrella Z. Gallardo, PSciJourn MegaManila 

Disaster and hazard-prone areas maps as tool for better disaster management


 

Disaster and hazard-prone areas maps as tool for better disaster management

By Estrella Z. Gallardo

 

Tacloban City – The study made to identify disaster and hazard prone areas led the way for the drafting of maps for areas vulnerable to fire, flood and typhoons, which will guide local officials and executives to determine priority project while serving as tool for better disaster management and adaptation.        

 

The fire hazard map developed for the purpose showed that out of the city’s 138 barangays, 83 are very highly hazardous, 12 are highly hazardous, 32 are hazardous to a medium degree, and 11 are hazardous to a low degree. 

 

The classifications made were based on the high frequency of fire occurrence in a particular barangay, presence of access roads, number of houses and their distances, as well as the building materials used.

 

With regards to fire vulnerability, the study identified those structures where large group of people usually gather. These include churches, shopping centers, schools, hospital, business establishments and government offices and facilities, among others.

 

The flood disaster map showed areas where floods constantly happen even with only short heavy rains. These areas include those low-lying areas with no proper drainage and areas along shores, rivers, creeks, and swamps.

 

The study further showed that areas that have 10 meters elevation and 500 meters distance from the shore and river buffer of 500 meters on both sides are vulnerable to floods.

 

            In the maps, aside from the areas prone to fire, flood and typhoon indicated, the researchers from Eastern Visayas State University, who conducted the study, also recommended the provision of roads, for urban poor communities and the widening of existing ones to allow passage of fire trucks during fire which may occur in the elevated areas in the northern barangays situated in the mountains and hills.

 

            The researchers also suggested the conduct of regular inspection of the hazard in every home by residents, fire safety drills, inspection of flooded areas to identify causes, construction of drainage facilities, and even the construction of dikes or seawalks, among other measures.

 

These information, which find importance in environmental disasters, were taken by Ricardo R. Argana of S&T Media Services from the 2009 Highlights, a publication of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD). Estrella Z. Gallardo, PSciJourn MegaManila